www.sfpride.org SF Pride Email Newsletter: Issue #12: 3.5.07

San Francisco Pride: Like No Other
Pride: A Global Movement for Justice, Dignity, and Respect
37th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration – 06.23/24.2007

In This Issue:

- They're Out! Grand Marshal & Pink Brick Nominees for 2007
- Submit your Vote Now for Grand Marshals and the Pink Brick
- Get a Taste of San Francisco Pride on YouTube
- Joie de Vivre Hotels Offers Great Rates for San Francisco Pride 2007
- San Francisco Pride Voted 'Favorite Gay Event'
- Enjoy the Best Views of the Parade at the Historic Renoir Hotel
- Accepting Submissions for the 2007 Main Stage
- San Francisco: A City of Bicyclists
- Stay at the Hotel Whitcomb
- Your Community, Your Organization: 2007 Community Rap Session


They're Out! Grand Marshal & Pink Brick Nominees for 2007
Public Polling Begins in March

San Francisco Pride's 2006 Community Grand Marshals with Celebrity Grand Marshal Jennifer Beals and openly lesbian Japanese legislator Kanako Otsuji
(Photo Credit: Fidel Lirio)
Each year, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee invites public participation in the annual selection of Grand Marshals for the Pride Celebration and Parade. Nominees are submitted by the general public, our Board of Directors, and our General Membership.

The general public then votes for their choice in three categories: Individual Community Grand Marshal, Organization Community Grand Marshal, and the Pink Brick. The nominee garnering the most votes in each category receives the corresponding title.

You can check out our Grand Marshal section of the San Francisco Pride website (www.sfpride.org) for more information about Community Grand Marshals and the Pink Brick and for biographies of this year's nominees, listed below:


Nominees 2007

Individual Community
Grand Marshal Nominees
Organizational Community
Grand Marshal Nominees
Pink Brick Nominees
Alison Terry-Evans
Cleve Jones & Mike Smith
Juan Pablo Gutierrez
Leslie Ewing
Robert Haaland
Stuart Gaffney & John Lewis
Susan Stryker
Theresa Sparks
Vicky Kolakowski
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
Love Exiles
National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)
Rainbow World Fund
Sexual Minority Alliance of Alameda County (SMAAC)
George W. Bush
Isaiah Washington
Pete Wilson (KGO Host)
Rick Santorum

Submit your Vote Now for Grand Marshals and the Pink Brick
Mail-in Ballots available online


All members of the public (regardless of global location) may participate. There are three ways of submitting your vote:

  1. Attend one of our many public polling locations throughout the Bay Area (see our Polling Calendar below)
  2. Cut out a ballot from the Bay Times or the Bay Area Reporter who will be publishing the ballot in their first two issues in March
  3. Download and print a ballot here (o para la version en español, haga click aquí) and mail it to:

San Francisco LGBT Pride
ATTN: Grand Marshal Polling
1800 Market St., PMB # 5
San Francisco, CA 94102

All inquiries are gladly welcome; please contact our Community Mobilization Specialist Brendan Behan at brendanb@sfpride.org with your inquiries.


Get a Taste of San Francisco Pride on YouTube
Online videos of Pride 2006 provide portraits of the two-day Celebration & Parade

San Francisco Cheer in the 2006 Parade as shown on YouTube
Want to get a taste of the San Francisco Pride Parade before June? Well, the ever-popular internet website YouTube has a number of videos of past Pride events including a number from the 2006 Celebration that we thought we would share with you.

For many first-time attendees at the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade, the event can be a life-changing experience.  It is no wonder, then, that people across the globe would want to share their experiences on the world wide web

Many of these videos have been who wanted to share their own experiences at Pride with.

Check out these two videos of the 2006 Parade & Celebration submitted by community members:
Excellent footage of the 2006 Parade including a number of contingents
One visitor's homemade short documentary of his trip to San Francisco Pride

You can also watch our 2006 Celebrity Grand Marshal Jennifer Beals from Showtime's 'The L Word' talking about her experiences at Pride:
Jennifer Beals interviewed by the press

Also, check out Crystal Waters performing on the 2006 San Francisco Pride Main Stage:
Crystal Waters performs "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)"


Joie de Vivre Hotels Offers Great Rates for San Francisco Pride 2007
Make Your Reservation Now

Joie de Vivre Hospitality offers 30 fabulous and very gay-friendly boutique hotels in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Marin and Silicon Valley.  Each hotel has been thoughtfully designed to celebrate the “Joy of Life” with a unique visual style and personalized service.  From the sophisticated Hotel Vitale across from San Francisco's Ferry Building, to the über-chic Hotel Angeleno off Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, to the irreverent Phoenix Hotel and Bambuddha Lounge near SF's Civic Center, you'll find a hotel perfectly suited for your individual personality and budget.  Joie de Vivre is a proud Gold Sponsor of SF Pride. 

The best available rates you'll find anywhere on the web are guaranteed on the JDV website. See all 30 hotels at www.jdvhospitality.com  or call at Reservations 800-738-7477.  Corporate Office:  567 Sutter St., SF, CA  94102.


San Francisco Pride Voted 'Favorite Gay Event'

Readers of The Out Traveler voted the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade as the Favorite Gay Event for their 2006 Readers' Choice Awards. Their Winter issue calls San Francisco Pride, "[o]ne of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage […,] attracting hundreds of thousands of queer pilgrims from around the world." San Francisco Pride beat out New York City Pride and Gay Days Orlando for the award.

We want to thank all of you for making San Francisco Pride your Favorite Gay Event!


Enjoy the Best Views of the Parade at the Historic Renoir Hotel

The Renoir Hotel*** on Market Street offers the best views of the Parade and is only steps away from the Pride Festival (Civic Center). 133 rooms (Pride Rate from $149), Cafe do Brasil a colorful Brazilian specialty restaurant which introduced authentic Churrasco-style BBQ to northern California, and the Ettiquette Lounge will be the Mid-Market and Civic Center's first and foremost bar-lounge-disco opening in April 2007 inside the Renoir Hotel. All public transportation options including the BART UN/Civic Center stop and the F-Line Historic Streetcar are just outside our doorsteps taking our guests conveniently to both OAK/SFO international airports and the Castro. Visit us online at www.renoirhotel.com, or call toll free (800) 576-3388 or send an email request to emmanuel@renoirhotel.com for Pride 2007 rates, availability, and the special events terms and conditions. Rooms on Market Street side are selling fast so call today!


Accepting Submissions for the 2007 Main Stage
Now Accepting Applications

Crystal Waters performs on the 2006 Main Stage
(Photo Credit: Jane Cleland)
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee is currently accepting submissions from musical artists to perform on the Main Stage. This is an opportunity for performers to showcase their talents and perform in front of hundreds of thousands of people who attend this world-renowned San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade, which will take place Saturday & Sunday, June 23-24, 2007.

The deadline for submitting materials is March 26, 2007 by 5:00 p.m. We will not be able to consider any materials submitted after that date.


Instructions for Main Stage submissions:

  • Provide your contact information
  • Include your recent press, along with photos and your discography
  • Tell us about what type of music you perform and about your style and stage presence
  • Describe the largest audience you have performed for and your experience performing at outdoor venues
  • Tell us also how you, your music, and your performance are relevant to Pride and its mission and purpose
  • Include a music CD of recent material. If you have a DVD of a performance to offer, we would appreciate receiving that as well.
  • Links to music and performances on your web site are very helpful and appreciated, but they are not a substitute for sending a CD and/or DVD

Send your submissions to:

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
Attn: Entertainment Committee
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, California 94102

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Entertainment Committee will contact performers after the selection process has been completed during the month of April. For more information please contact us at entertain@sfpride.org.


San Francisco: A City of Bicyclists
Want to get the truly San Franciscan experience? You'll need two wheels and a helmet.

Mikes on Bikes contingent in the 2006 San Francisco Pride Parade
(Photo Credit: Rick Gerharter)
For a city so known for its steep hills, you would think bicycles would be at the bottom of the list of preferred means of transportation.

However, in an environmentally-conscious and traffic-prone city like San Francisco, bikes have long been a favorite means of transportation for locals.

Ask any avid bicyclist about getting around in San Francisco and you might be surprised to find that many if not most believe biking to be a quicker means of getting around the city than cars or public transportation. Given that the city is a mere 7 miles by 7 miles in dimension, biking across the peninsula is more feasible than it may seem.

So, what about the hills?

Getting around the city by bike can be tricky for first timers, but the secret is knowing how to get around—rather than over—the sharp inclines. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition produces a widely used map that charts out all the city's bike paths and lanes by grade, allowing users to chart out a route.

So, when you come for San Francisco Pride in June, you may want to consider renting a bike and getting the truly local experience.

Here are some helpful resources about Bicycling in San Francisco including the San Francisco Bicycle's Coalition's:

An Article by the San Francisco Chronicle about Biking the City's Perimeter
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
San Francisco Bay Trail Maps
Bicycling Street Smarts

Stay at the Hotel Whitcomb

While staying at the historic and TAG approved Hotel Whitcomb, guests will enjoy affordable elegant accommodations that provide old world charm with easy access to Castro, Soma and all Pride festivities. Visit www.HotelWhitcomb.com.


Your Community, Your Organization
Share your thoughts and ideas at Pride's Community Rap Session on 3/17

(Photo Credit: Chris Boyd)
The San Francisco Pride Community Rap Session is an important event at which community members are invited to share ideas and provide feedback about the annual Pride Celebration and Parade and on the role of the San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee in the community. Community input from Rap Sessions conducted over the past eight years has resulted in the expansion of the event to include the Homo Hip-Hop stage and the Two-Spirit Nation space among other venues.

Your input matters and the Community Rap Session is the prime opportunity to have your voice heard. Help shape San Francisco Pride into the kind of community organization you wish to see. All inquiries are gladly welcome; please contact our Community Mobilization Specialist Brendan Behan at brendanb@sfpride.org with your inquiries.

Who: People of Color, Elders, Youth, the Deaf, the Hard-of-Hearing, folks concerned about Accessibility, Leather/Kink community members, Bears, People of Faith
What: To gather community input on the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee's role in the community and on the annual Pride Celebration and Parade
When: March 17, 2007
1 pm – 3 pm

RSVP for the event by Tuesday, March 13 at RSVP@sfpride.org

Where: The Women's Building [MAP]
3543 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

ASL interpretation provided Wheelchair accessible


Reminder

'Threat Level: Lavender' Event Series: 3/27 Queer in the Middle East, a Public Conversation
What: "Queer in the Middle East, a Public Conversation"
Jessica Stern
of Human Rights Watch, Suha Dabbouseh of Amnesty International and Al-Fatiha, a representative of the Palestinian Gay Women's organization ASWAT, and Maher Sabry who was involved in the infamous 'Cairo-52' incident in Egypt in 2001
Where: The San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street at Grove Street, San Francisco [MAP]
When: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
6:00pm
Cost: Free

Grant Applications 2007
Applications are now being accepted for the 2007 Community Partners Program

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee is now accepting applications for it's 2007 grant-giving program, the Community Partners ProgramSubmit an online application here.

In 2006, $179,330 was given out to 66 different non-profit organizations throughout the nine-counties of the Bay Area. Now in its tenth year, the San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee has given out a total of $1,094,768 since the program's inception in 1997. The Pride Celebration Committee provides grants to community organizations in exchange for volunteers the weekend of the event; grant amounts are calculated on the basis of the amount of volunteer hours the organization worked.

All inquiries may be directed to Brendan Behan at communitypartners@sfpride.org.


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